Stories in the ‘Texas Conservation’ Category

Keep an Eye Out For Cold Sea Turtles!

Posted by in Be a Conservation Hero,Conservation News,Endangered Species,Sea Turtles,Texas Conservation

Green sea turtles often wash onto our shores when the temperature drops drastically. Call 1-866-TURTLE-5 to report a sea turtle that you suspect is cold-stunned or injured!

When the temperature changes quickly in our typically hot and humid environment, humans aren’t the only ones who get chilly. Sea turtles often times become “cold stunned” during extreme temperature changes. They are accustomed to warmer water temperatures, and if a cold front comes in quickly and unexpectedly, they don’t have the time to move […]

Attend Zoo Boo & Learn How to Help Animals in the Wild!

Posted by in Be a Conservation Hero,Events,Primates,Sea Turtles,Sending Animals Back to the Wild,Staff in the Wild,Texas Conservation,Zoo News

Visit us at Zoo Boo this year and learn how you are helping the Zoo to save animals in the wild!

Our annual Zoo Boo event is a Houston favorite…costumes, candy, zoo animals, tatzoos, you name it-we have it! But did you know that this event includes incredibly fun activities for kids and families to help save animals in the wild?! Zoe the Zookeeper’s Howlerween Adventure has been part of Zoo Boo for many years now, […]

Zoe the Zookeeper’s Adventure

Posted by in Be a Conservation Hero,Conservation News,Texas Conservation,Zoo News

Sea turtle

This post is written by Houston Zoo Aquarist Amy Trang. If you have ever visited Kipp Aquarium here at the Houston Zoo, you may know we have a sea turtle in one of our main exhibits. But what you might not know is these sea turtles are being rehabilitated and will be released back into […]

Texas Sea Turtles Getting Checkups and Returning to the Wild!

Posted by in Sea Turtles,Sending Animals Back to the Wild,Staff in the Wild,Texas Conservation,Texas Tortugas

Sargassum buildup on the Galveston beaches. Unfortunately, trash often washes in during sargassum events as well as wildlife!

This week was a busy one for sea turtles on our coast-and it’s been this way for pretty much the entire summer! On Monday, Houston Zoo staff assisted NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) with their weekly beach survey. It was a fairly quiet day in the way of turtles on the beach, but we […]

Attwater’s prairie chicks are here!

Posted by in Attwater's Prairie Chicken,Behind the Scenes,Conservation News,Endangered Species,Sending Animals Back to the Wild,Texas Conservation

APC Eggs 2014-0001-2318

The Houston Zoo has already hatched 209 Attwater’s prairie chicks this Spring! All of these guys have made it through to the next stage of their lives and will stay with us here at the Zoo until they are ready for release as strong juveniles into the wild! Attwater’s prairie chickens are vanishing from the coastal […]

Springtime and Snakes

Posted by in Reptiles,Texas Conservation

Copperhead snake

Hello, and welcome to spring.  With the warm weather, your odds of encountering a snake go way up, and Texas has lots of snakes.   From 7 foot rat snakes, to the diminutive earth snake, Harris County snakes are quite variable.  Most are harmless, but we do have a few venomous species.  On Saturday, May 31, […]

What Do You Call a Thousand Tadpoles?

Posted by in Animal Updates,Field Research,Houston Toad,Staff in the Wild,Texas Conservation


Some people call a group of tadpoles a “knot,” while others call them a “cloud,” or a “school.”  We’ve been contemplating this same question here at the Houston toad program, wondering what to call the army (hey, that works!) of Houston toad tadpoles that will emerge from all of the eggs we have released into […]

Cleaning up crab traps to save animals in the wild

Posted by in Conservation News,Reptiles,Staff in the Wild,Texas Conservation,Zoo News


One of the biggest threats to marine animals is being entangled or trapped in garbage.  The Houston Zoo houses many marine animals and is committed to doing everything we can to protect their counter parts in the wild. Houston Zoo staff participates in keeping our upper Texas Coast clean by joining in garbage removal efforts.  Every year we assist […]

Houston Zoo Facilities Staff Saving Sea Turtles!

Posted by in Conservation News,Endangered Species,Sea Turtles,Staff in the Wild,Texas Conservation,Texas Tortugas

Sea turtle awareness sign designed by the Zoo

Conservation…it’s a loaded word. What does it mean? Who does it? Isn’t it all just research and science-y stuff? Actually, no. Conservation is really about working with people, in an effort to make sure animals and habitats are safe, and that there is a healthy future for humans as well! Our Zoo is involved in […]

Why wait for Easter for an “egg-travaganza?!”

Posted by in Amphibians,Animal Updates,Behind the Scenes,Conservation News,Endangered Species,Sending Animals Back to the Wild,Texas Conservation


The Houston toad team at the Houston Zoo has been working up a storm this spring – a storm of Houston toad eggs! As of this writing, the team has bred 23 groups of adult Houston toads (the groups consist of either one female and one male or one female and two male) since the […]

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